On Thursday night in Havana and in front of a delirant crowd of 54,570, the Lions defeated the Woodcutters by a score of 4-0 in Game 3 of the 2018 Cuban Semifinals. The Lions now lead the Woodcutters 2-1 in the best of seven series.
The defending champion Granma Stallions have advanced to the finals after beating Matanzas 4-2 in game five of their best of seven series.
2018 Cuban Semifinals, Game 5:
Granma Stallions 4, Matanzas Crocodiles 2
Granma Reaches Cuban Finals
The United States earned more points than any other country in 2017 but it was not enough to surpass Japan for the number one ranking.
For the third year in a row Japan is the number one ranked country in baseball. They earned the second most points in baseball last year and now lead the United States by 244 points. Cuba remains number five place, 355 points ahead of México.
As expected, Yoani Yera used his curveball in Game 1, and also his fastball, a lot, to beat the powerful Granma’s lineup.
Yera was better and better as the game progressed, allowing only 3 hits and an earned run in 6 innings. The left handed threw 121 pitches striking out a Postseason career high of 10, while walked only one.
Yera's 10 Ks vs GRA, 4-1-2017